Queensland lobby groups are waiting with baited breath to see what the Federal Budget has in store. Key stakeholders shared their hopes ahead of the reveal of the all important document.

Lauren Reddiex reports.


Queensland lobby groups are hoping Canberra has their interests in mind.

From tax cuts to aged care and disability support, each are hoping the Turnbull government will deliver.

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland say they’re looking for organic growth for the small business sector.

Dan Petrie, Chamber of Commerce: “Essentially we’re looking at sustainability in the budget, making sure that it is able to start moving into surplus. And we’ve seen in the 2018-2019 year that this could come forward by 12 months.”

Australians with a disability will get more support to find a job with the federal government announcing $300 million extra for disability employment services.

Paige Armstrong, Queenslanders with Disability: “People with disability want meaningful jobs. They want real jobs for real work and at the moment across the Australian workforce people with disability would make up less than 10 per cent of the workforce.”

Annastacia Palaszczuk says Queenslanders are being ignored by the federal government in favour of southern states.

Brisbane’s Cross River Rail project tops Queensland’s federal budget wish list but they already know there’s no money coming for that.

The premier and her treasurer say they’ll continue to fight for Queensland’s fair share and are criticising the Turnbull government for repackaging old money as new cash.

Mr Turnbull has already announced funding for three major Queensland projects, the rest will be revealed within hours.

Lauren Reddiex, QUT News.